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The axe of wandsbek

Harnack, Falk
Hamburg, Germany 1934: An executioner is needed. Teetjen (Erwin Geschonneck) makes the biggest mistake of his life. Because his butcher shop is facing bankruptcy, he agrees to execute a group of political prisoners for the Nazis. Once this becomes known, Teetjen's life falls apart. The Axe of Wandsbek was the only DEFA film made by Falk Harnack, a former anti-Nazi resistance fighter who was interested in exploring the involvement of the middle class in Nazi crimes. Despite positive reviews, the film was withdrawn shortly after its premiere; it became the first East German film ever to be banned. The film is adapted from one of the most important works by German-Jewish author Arnold Zweig; basing the story on real events, Zweig wrote the novel in exile in Palestine in 1943.

The axe of wandsbek = (Das Beil von Wandsbek).

[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014.

Title from title frames.

Originally produced by DEFA Film Library in 1951.

Mode of access: World Wide Web.

Harnack, Falk, director.; Braun, Käthe, actor.; Geschonneck, Erwin, actor.; Helmke, Gefion, actor.; Kleinau, Willy A., actor.; Meissner, Ursula, actor.; Schröder, Arthur, actor.

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